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January 23 - February 10, 2019

Studio Theatre


fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company is proud to present two productions by Saigon Lotus and Hotake Theatre Company. These are works by Vietnamese Canadian youth, both creators are under 22 years old. As part of fu-GEN’s sweet sixteenth season, we honour the authentic voices of our next generation of theatre artists at the very start of their bright careers.

Written by Nam Nguyen

Music by Wilfred Moeschter & Nam Nguyen

Additional music by Sam Clark


Nam 1: Kenzie Tsang

Kevin/others: Justin Park

Farmer/Nam's Dad/others: Sai Lian Macikunas

Nam 0/others: Nam Nguyen

Jen/others: Meghan Aguirre

Amy/Jen's Mom/others: Victoria Ngai

Bach/Teacher/others: Kenley Ferris-Ku

Sang: Julie Phan

Tuyet/others: Max Gu

Leo/Noah: Brendan Rush

VIP/others: Jacob Peng

Lang Lieu/An/others: Lucinda Qu

Production Team:

Director: Gianni Sallese

Music Director: Kevin Vuong

Assistant Music Director: Kevin Yue

Producer: Kevin Yue

Stage Manager: Emma Monet

Production Manager: Deborah Lim

Costume Designer: Bailey Hoy

Lighting & Projection Designer: Abby Palmer

Property Master: Jasmine Cabanilla

Publicist: Wilfred Moeschter

Treasurer: Thomas Zheng


Keyboard: Rena Seeger

Flute: Joey Zhuang

Violin 1: Randy Chang

Violin 2: Charlotte Wong-Labow

Cello: Brendan Rogers

Percussion: Keshav Sharma-Jaitly

The year is 2019. An open-minded Toronto theatre audience (read: unsuspecting victims) sits down in Factory Theatre Studio to watch a play about the history of pho, the Vietnamese rice noodle soup (read: a thinly-veiled metaphor for Viet culture and identity). They came to see theatre that's diverse (read: a lot of Asians plus one white guy), thought-provoking (read: pandering to educated liberals), and fun (read: it's a musical), all from the mind of one talented young Vietnamese-Canadian playwright (read: a narcissist). A hush falls over the crowd as a flute plays, and lights rise on a poor Vietnamese farmer...

Playwright and Director: Julie Phan
Cast: Nam Nguyen, Nightingale Nguyen, Julie Phan
Sound Designer and Stage Manager: Colwyn Alletson
Lighting Designer: Abby Palmer

What do the phrases: ‘you should eat,’ ‘don’t stay out too late’ and ‘put on a jacket’ have in common? They’re the first-generation immigrant way of saying ‘I love you.’ Love is embedded so deeply in our words and actions that we forget it’s there. It becomes as much the source of conflict as it is for healing. As estranged sisters Kim and Audrey reconnect after the death of their father old tensions arise, repressed feelings come to a head, and appliances are broken as the fate of the family is left in question.

“Phan is a promising writer whose work shines … funny, tough and insightful about guilt and regret.” – Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine


A Perfect Bowl of Pho
Photo: Dahlia Katz


Fine China

Photo by Dahlia Katz

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Deborah Lim: deborah(at)fu-gen.org

PRESENTING COMPANY: fu-GEN Theatre Company presents two productions by Saigon Lotus and Hotake Theatre Company | www.fu-gen.org


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